United States Affirms Commitment to Iraqi Sovereignty and Vows to Hold Iran Accountable

New York –  The Pentagon identified the Kata’ib Hezbollah commander killed in the US strike in Iraq as Wissam Mohammed Abu Baqir al-Saadi, a high-ranking member responsible for planning and participating in attacks on US forces. 

Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder didn’t specify if al-Saadi was involved in the drone strike that killed three American service members in Jordan. 

“We’re confident in the process we took to identify and hold this individual accountable,” Ryder said. 

The Pentagon has “high confidence” that al-Saadi was the only person killed in the attack. 

Officials across the Biden administration maintained that the strike didn’t undermine Iraqi sovereignty. The US didn’t notify Iraq before the strike. 

White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby joins White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 12, 2023. (credit: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

US “fully respects” Iraq’s sovereignty 

White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said the US “fully respects” Iraq’s sovereignty